A chili bake was the tasty highlight of the Estes Park Newcomer Club general meeting on November 18 at the community center. Nine residents vied for the honors of “best chili chef”. The top spot went to Andy Brittan-Willabus, who only revealed that his “secret sauce” contained cocoa powder and chopped green, yellow and red peppers. He developed the recipe himself and says it was the first cooking competition he took part in. The second winner was Patti Brown, who admitted that it was her talented daughter’s recipe for Chicken, Chicken Broth, White Beans, Rotel Tomatoes and Monterey Jack Cheese that made it so delicious. Mark Rissmiller’s third course included Jimmy Dean’s pork sausage, Waygu and bison minced meats, and V8 juice. What an interesting combination of flavors. The evening dinner menu included salad, cornbread, lemonade, coffee, and various pies with whipped cream for dessert.
Jessica Garner, Estes Park’s new director of community development, was the speaker. A fourth generation Colorado resident, she spoke of her passion for land use, zoning and transportation issues and their relationship to community health care. She said major issues facing the city in her region include the housing crisis in terms of affordability and availability, the drafting of a new downtown development plan, a new RM- zoning district. 2, updates of the overall plan and improvement of customer service.
She engaged the members in round tables on what they see as the town planning issues facing the city. A number of members shared their views, including on forest fire and fuel mitigation, green energy, water issues, density of housing and the desire for more downtown walks. city as the waterfront area.
The evening also included a silent auction of items donated by members. Proceeds will be used to fund projects benefiting the club’s Estes Park community service projects.